Message from Pastor Laabs

The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.  Psalm 46:11

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We are now one week into our time without in-person worship services.  As you know, the leadership of Holy Cross put careful thought into that decision. The measures we have taken have been done out of love for our congregation and love for our neighbor.  Jesus said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength,” and, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”  We also took into consideration the information and mandates from the government.

We have been hearing words such as “unprecedented”, “difficult”, and “challenging”, and those words can certainly apply to our life together as a congregation right now.  To not be able to worship together, as brothers and sisters in Christ, can be disheartening.  But we are not alone, we are not forsaken, and God is on our side.

You are on my heart and mind, and in my prayers.   I am praying for your peace and comfort, your health, safety, and provision, and that your faith will be strengthened.  I encourage you to make use of the recorded sermons available on our website (  I am eager to provide Holy Communion for you, whether you prefer to come to the church for private Communion or have me come to your home.  You may call the office to make these arrangements (612-722-1083S). You can call the office with any prayer requests, as well.  I also urge you to call your fellow members to offer and receive prayer and encouragement.

As we look ahead, the leadership at Holy Cross will continue to prayerfully consider upcoming decisions.  At this point, we are not sure when we will be able to meet again, but we will keep you informed.

The words of verse two of the hymn “Be Still My Soul” offer us wonderful comfort:

Be still, my soul; thy God doth undertake
To guide the future as He hath the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence, let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul; the waves and winds still know
His voice who ruled them while He dwelt below.

In Christ,
Pastor Laabs







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